Graybar Provides LED Lighting to City of Stamford

Stamford CT Lighting Case Study


Recognized as one of America’s safest cities and one of the country’s finest places to live, the city of Stamford, Conn., is known for its strong economy and beautiful downtown district. In late 2010, challenging budget constraints and high maintenance costs for streetlights prompted the city to look for a better, more energy efficient solution to light the city’s main corridors. After a thorough selection process, Stamford chose Graybar for a cost-effective, yet sustainable energy solution to replace the high-pressure, sodium-based streetlights of the city.


Stamford conducted an initial evaluation and compared numerous LED fixtures before deciding on GE’s Evolve™ LED Roadway Medium Cobrahead (ERMC) fixtures to replace the more than 1,500 high-pressure, sodium-based streetlights. The replacement fixtures are expected to help reduce the city’s energy usage by more than 50 percent and have an estimated service life of more than 10 years (50,000-hour rated life), which should also decrease maintenance costs for the city.

As one of the nation’s leading distributors of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, Graybar assisted with the entire project, including phasing the project over a period of two years.

"To meet the needs of the city, we staged the project into seven different phases and scheduled the deliveries according to what worked for them," said Graybar Account Manager Sharon Tierney.


The city of Stamford is expected to save more than $146,000 annually, thanks to the new fixtures. In addition to benefitting from the energy savings of the new LEDs, the city also received help from a federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant as well as a $357,000 rebate from Connecticut Light and Power, an electrical provider for the Commonwealth of Connecticut.

As the largest installation of LED streetlights in Connecticut, the city is extremely pleased with the results. Since the project has been completed, the city has decided to expand the installation of new streetlights to other areas of the city and has chosen Graybar as the distributor.


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